Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

"And then it just becomes an industry of... cool."

The disc I'm about to describe features a "Polski Dolby Digital 5.1 (V.O.)" track. "V.O." is an acronym for "voice over," so I became curious and checked the track out. It is the original English soundtrack with some guy speaking the dialogue in Polish on top of it! How the hell can anybody watch a movie like that!?!


I have previously mentioned that I love Cameron Crowe's autobiographical Almost Famous. Universal, however, has gradually been phasing out the "bootleg" edition which contained the extended "untitled" cut, which is my preferred version of the film, instead repackaging the original DVD release of the theatrical version. I am almost certain that when they issue the film on Blu-ray that it will be the shorter cut.

The "bootleg" DVD contained both versions of the film, but due to the length of the extended cut, the DTS track from the theatrical cut was dropped on that version. The picture quality on the extended cut was somewhat reduced as well; nothing overly distracting, but there was less color saturation and the image wasn't as sharp. When I mentioned this to a friend at the time of the release, he shrugged and chalked it up to it being the director's cut of the film, and therefore from inferior sources.

Luckily, the British Blu-ray edition of the film not only contains the "untitled" cut, but it is region-free as well! The picture quality is fine, matching my memory of the theatrical print (there is some minor film grain as well, which means they didn't go overboard with the processing). There are none of the reservations that I had about the presentation of this version on the DVD edition.

For the most part, the sound mix isn't terribly remarkable - centered dialogue and stereo music, with an occasional effect and presence from the surrounds - but this is a film about music, and to that end the lossless Dolby TruHD track does a fantastic job. It is so clear that one can tell the limitations of the bootleg recording of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" that is featured in the airport scene towards the end, which was too low and indistinct to be able to hear in the lossy Dolby and DTS tracks from earlier home video incarnations. But the soundtrack truly shines during the concert sequences; most films will have a studio recording with some audience noise laid in on top of it, but Cameron Crowe knows what a live show sounds like, and the booming sound of these scenes is incredibly naturalistic for the venues depicted.

"Fever Dog" kicks ass.
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